If you love Halloween but don't dig tacky skeletons and faux cobwebs, try these eerily elegant styling ideas instead..
Style a seasonal focal point
Pile a colourful clutch of pumpkins,
squash and gourds into a wicker bike basket for understated style;
against a white painted wall, the burnt amber hues will shine. Fun
decorations such as this pumpkin scarecrow will keep trick or treaters
happy – more cute than creepy, this fella is sure to raise a smile!
Paint a pumpkin
Not a fan of carving? Painted pumpkins are just as effective, especially when contrasted with worn wooden knick-knacks on a reclaimed dresser. Simply paint on your funny or scary face, then mix and match with different shapes and sizes of pumpkins for an attractive seasonal display. Add a warm, autumnal touch with strings of berries along the top, intertwined with twinkling fairy lights.
Create creepy curb appeal
This country cottage manages a friendly ‘haunted house’ feel with weathered outdoor furniture, blacked out windows and pumpkins aplenty. Fill woven planters with seasonal foliage and dress your door with an autumnal wreath fashioned from fallen leaves.
Light up the night
Carved Jack-O’-Lantern pumpkins are a Halloween classic. Fill with dark, spiky plants and sit alongside pillar candles in an array of dusky shades for an atmospheric twist on the traditional doorstep decoration.
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Display foraged finds
Clutter-free décor is the way to go in the kitchen. Wooden candlesticks and haunted houses alongside berries, branches and mini pumpkins make a colourful combination in this out-of-the-way mantle display.
Lay a spooky table
Nothing creates a creepy atmosphere quite like flickering candlelight, so cast an eerie glow over the dinner table with gothic-style candlesticks at either end. A pumpkin centrepiece surrounded with dried seedpods and leaves in shades of deep red lends itself to the occasion beautifully.